Born in London, I attended St. Austell County Grammar School, then got a degree in physics at Imperial College-London.
Doing graduate work in statistics, I studied under two greats...Karl Pearson (University College-London) and R. A. Fisher (Rothamsted).
My entire career was spent as a statistician on the staff of the Shirley Institute, Manchester, where I applied statistics to the problem of yarn breakage rates in weaving.
Along with R.A. Fisher and Emil Gumbel, I pioneered the ideas of extreme value theory, and even have a distribution named after me.
Also, my real claim to fame is my invention of the first random number table based on my hand sampling of 5000 drawn numbers from a bag containing 1000 normally-distributed numbers, publishing it in my text Random Sampling Numbers, which Edward Condon said could have been "written by a monkey."
I once claimed that "statistics has an impact on most other branches of knowledge. In this respect it is not unlike arithmetic."
My hobbies were gardening, music, and walking...though such led to my death as I was hit by a van while walking from my home to the St. Austell Choral Society to sing with a group.
Leonard Henry Caleb Tippett (1902 - 1985)